Meet F-Star

Theo Levine

Laboratory Scientist Apprentice

Which Cambridge do you work from and how long have you been with F-star?

Nearly 2 years at Cambridge, UK.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I joined F-Star in the protein sciences team as an apprentice after finishing A levels. The university route did not appeal to me due to the lack of practical experience. An apprenticeship at F-star offered the opportunity to obtain a university degree while gaining extensive laboratory experience.

What is a typical day like for you at F-star?

As an apprentice I work across the production team meaning I take part in a variety of activities. A typical day consists of routine lab work, either based around cell culture, protein purification and QC or characterization. Often, we are tasked with producing trickier, non-routine molecules that require the team to brainstorm and experiment with alternative production methods. Also, we are always looking for ways to improve the robustness of our methods, so there are often projects on the go.

What do you enjoy most about your work at F-star?

I enjoy working as part of a team to deliver high quality proteins to the project teams to support their studies.

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy?

I enjoy being active. Football, skateboarding and running are some of my favorite activities.